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Camille Naaktgeboren

Improving Graduate Life and Professional Development

We are excited to start our second year as a revived organization and have several plans for the upcoming semester. Main goals include continuing our work to establish fellowships and scholarships and increase graduate assistant benefits.  In addition, we have many ideas on how the graduate student experience can be improved and how graduate students can contribute to the university.  We have students involved in transportation and sustainability issues, graduate student housing options, and health care coverage. 

NEW!  This semester we also will present guest speakers on topics such as career development, stress management, and graduate student success. We would like to encourage students to participate in social events the GSO will be hosting as well.  Fall semester we will have a wine and cheese reception as well as a bowling night.  Check the GSO Web site or your e-mail for dates and locations. Please join us!

More than 50 graduate students received GSO Travel Awards last year.

TRAVEL FUNDING:  In addition to being a great place to meet other graduate students, the GSO is a group dedicated to improving the quality of life and professional development at NAU. Thus far, the GSO has been effective in establishing a travel funding program in a relatively short period of time. During the 2007-08 school year (our first year as a revived organization), we were able to obtain funding to provided financial support to more than fifty students to attend conferences.  We will be receiving funding this year to continue the program, and information will be sent out shortly regarding the application process.  We look forward to another successful year in establishing programs to improve the graduate student experience.

PARTICIPATING:  If your department does not already have a voting representative and you are interested in serving, please contact the GSO Outreach Coordinator, Matt Evans, for more information. However, even if your department already has a representative, ALL graduate students are encouraged to attend meetings and voice their opinions and concerns.  The more input we have from individuals, the better decisions we can make as an organization.

ADD YOUR VOICE:  Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:00. The location will be announced via e-mail prior to the meeting.  Students who cannot be present at the meeting can attend via teleconference.  The teleconference number will be sent through e-mail approximately one week in advance.

Our Web site is; our e-mail is  Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns.

—Camille Naaktgeboren, President

The Graduate Student Organization of Northern Arizona University is to represent the interests of graduate students at NAU and to communicate between the graduate student body and the NAU administration.”

—GSO mission